Handbook of Discourse Processes

Handbook of Discourse Processes

Handbook of Discourse Processes

Handbook of Discourse Processes

Synopsis

This Handbook is a comprehensive overview of the multidisciplinary field of discourse processes. The editors hope to foster a more interdisciplinary approach to discourse processing with this Handbook, while simultaneously developing an appreciation within the field for multiple methods of establishing rigorous scientific claims. The field of discourse processes is currently fueled by seven dominant approaches: discourse psychology; corpus analysis; computational discourse; discourse technologies; conversation analysis; hybrid qualitative and quantitative approaches; and cultural foundations. The contributors also discuss future trends in research, including corpus analyses, the integration of neuroscience with discourse research, and the development of more advanced computer technologies for analyzing discourse.

Excerpt

The idea of editing Handbook of Discourse Processes originated in the summer of 1998 in Madison, Wisconsin. Morton Gernsbacher was busy hosting a plethora of conferences in Madison in a 10-day time span in July. Madison was the Mecca that year for thousands of researchers to attend such annual meetings as the Society for Text and Discourse, the Cognitive Science Society, and the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. Morton Gernsbacher was the President of the Society for Text and Discourse, and Susan Goldman was about to become President-Elect. The idea of a Handbook emerged in a conversation between Judith Amsel and Art Graesser while Art was scanning the LEA books and journals, wondering what book to recommend to a graduate student who had never heard of the field of discourse processes. After lamenting over this obvious, if not embarrassing, oversight in the field, Judy Amsel (of Lawrence Erlbaum) simply asked “Why don't you edit a Handbook of Discourse Processes?” And so we did. Art talked with Morton, Morton and Art talked with Susan, and by evening it was decided we would go for it. So now, 5 years later, here it is.

This is an appropriate time for the first Handbook of Discourse Processes. The field is experiencing its 25th anniversary, marked by the launching of the journal Discourse Processes in 1978. The Society for Text and Discourse is now running strong in its lucky 13th year.

We have several people to thank for assisting us in making this Handbook a reality. Of course, there are the chapter authors. It was . . .

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